Celebrate Latino Arts, Youth, and Our Honorees! 
 Annual Benefit Event
 Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm
 National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Avenue, NW)

Join us in honoring three extraordinary leaders: Diane Guerrero, known for her role in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and her advocacy for immigrant rights, for Artistic Excellence and Activism; Marvin Weissberg of The Weissberg Foundation, for Philanthropy in the Arts and Social Justice; and Sonia Gutiérrez, Founder and President Emeritus of the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, for Community and Education Leadership.

This annual event raises funds for our youth education programming, including Paso Nuevo, a free arts and academic enrichment program for low-income multicultural teens, and our Student Matinee Programs serving over 9,000 students and teachers in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

THE HONOREES                                                                                               

Diane Guerrero is an actress, author and activist known for her starring role as “Maritza Ramos” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, which led to three consecutive wins for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. She currently stars as “Crazy Jane” in DC Comic’s Doom Patrol and as "Lina" in CW's break-out hit, Jane the Virgin. An outspoken advocate for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform, she has worked with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota. Her memoir, entitled In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, was released by Henry Holt publishing in 2016. She released her second book, My Family Divided, in 2018. READ MORE

Throughout his life, Marvin Weissberg has been a keen, sympathetic observer of the human condition, a friend to those in need, and deeply engaged in his community and the world. Mr. Weissberg launched a career in real estate and immersed himself in Washington’s cultural, civic, and political life. He was a member of Theatre Lobby, Washington DC’s first racially integrated theater, alongside students from Howard University. A founding board member of The National Democratic Institute, he traveled the world as an election observer, building personal bonds with activists and political leaders. In 1988, he established the Weissberg Foundation to deepen his philanthropic efforts and enlarge their impact. READ MORE

Sonia Gutiérrez is Founder and President Emeritus of the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. For more than 43 years, she has been a principal, counselor, advocate, and organizer for more than 70,000 adult immigrant students. She began her career in 1972 as a DC Public Schools (DCPS) counselor in the Program for English Instruction to Latin Americans, where she became its Director and transformed the English as a Second Language program into a comprehensive adult education program that operated until DCPS eliminated all adult education programs in 1996. She reopened the school in 1997 as the Carlos Rosario International Career Center, which became the first Adult Public Charter School in the nation. Today, the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School serves more than 2,500 students with English as a Second Language classes, a GED program in Spanish and English, and courses in information technology, citizenship, culinary arts, nurse aide, family literacy, and Spanish. READ MORE

PROGRAM                                                                                           

Cocktails & Silent Auction
Dinner, Honors, Performances & Live Auction
Black Tie Attire optional

Entertainment by
FAME THE MUSICAL... En Español & English Artists
Composer and Musician Jonathan Acosta
Paso Nuevo Youth

TICKETS                                                                                                

$200 individual / $375 couple through April 15, 2019
$225 individual / $400 couple after April 15, 2019
Order by phone (202) 234-7174
Office hours Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm

Honorary Host Committee
His Excellency Fernando Oris de Roa, Ambassador of Argentina to the United States
His Excellency Alfonso Silva Navarro, Ambassador of Chile to the United States
Her Excellency Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno, Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States
Her Excellency Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
His Excellency Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker, Ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States
His Excellency Santiago Cabanas Ansorena, Ambassador of Spain to the United States
Mari Carmen Aponte, Former Ambassador of the United States to El Salvador
Luigi R. Einaudi, Former Ambassador of the United States to the OAS
Alberto Fierro, Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute
Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor District of Columbia 
Honorable Phil Mendelson, Chairman, City Council of the District of Columbia
Honorable Anita Bonds, Councilmember at Large, City Council of the District of Columbia 
Honorable David Grosso, Councilmember at Large, City Council of the District of Columbia
Honorable Brianne Nadeau, Councilmember Ward 1, City Council of the District of Columbia
Honorable Jack Evans, Councilmember Ward 2, City Council of the District of Columbia
James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Angie Fox
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue
Allison Kokkoros, Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Dorothy P. McSweeny, Chair Emeritus of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Jackie Reyes, Director, DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs

Questions? Contact Silvia Thornton Freeman at 202-234-7174 or email silvia@galatheatre.org.

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